Efya, Nacee relentless as Hiplife legends deliver flashback stunner


The 25th anniversary of the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) witnessed some incredible musical performances by some of Ghana’s most talented artistes, both recent and old.

Efya Nokturnal was unquestionably one of the night’s best performers, delivering a show-stopping performance that sent patrons into awe-inspiring moments.

Her entry on stage was a treat to witness, as she was lowered by a platform having demonstrated her distinct vocal prowess and singing abilities.She was full of fire, with fans complimenting her incredible stagecraft and gorgeous clothes.

Nacee, who received this year’s Gospel Artiste of the Year award, gave an incredible performance with his crew, who started the show with some brass band sounds.

After performing his popular ‘Aseda’ track live with his band, the veteran gospel artiste exhibited unique stagecraft which received massive applause from the audience.

Stonebwoy, the reigning Artiste of the Year, was quite cunning with his performance, opening in a traditional setting and
performing his popular track ‘Manudzi,’ which featured African music icon, Angélique Kidjo.

But the most unique aspect of the night’s performance was when some of Hiplife’s finest artistes took the stage to perform some of their timeless hit tracks.

First up was T Blaze, who reminded Ghanaians of some of ever-banging singles, ‘Wo Sisi Ye Wo Ya’ and ‘Feeling No Ye Deep.

‘Indeed, the audience was moved, singing along and applauding his musical performance and Mzbel’s follow-up.Legendary Hiplife music duo Akatakyie also made a cameo on stage and sang one of their biggest songs, ‘Odo Esisi Me,’ which featured rapper Pharaoh.

Two-time Artiste of the Year winner Okyeame Kwame also produced an amazing performance with the ‘Woso’ hit tune while showing his acrobatics on stage.

Reggie Rockstone, the ‘Grand Papa’ of Hiplife music, capped the nostalgia with a unique song performance that praised the work of Obrafour, Lord Kenya, and other outstanding Hiplife artistes.

He lauded Hiplife artistes for making the genr
e a success in its 30-year existence and was hopeful that the genre would continue to thrive beyond borders.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Afronitaa, Abigail grab third spot in Britain’s Got Talent


Ghanaian dancing duo Afronitaa and Abigail missed out on the ultimate prize of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent after placing third.

Singer Syndie Christmas earned the top prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to play at the Royal Variety Performance.

Magician Jack Rodes finished second in this year’s talent competition.

Despite finishing third, Afronitaa and Abigail performed an excellent and exciting dance routine in the finals.

The dance duo, dressed in red, gold, and green Ghanaian colours, performed well-coordinated routines that earned enormous acclaim from the audience.

Judges Simon Cowell, Bruno Toniolo, Amenda Holden, and Alesha Dixon were captivated by the energy brought on stage by the dancing duo.

Afronitaa and Abigail have had a remarkable audition in this season’s competition after initially making the top 10 and progressively making it to the finals.

They have received massive praise back home in Ghana, with social media users lauding their effort in raising high the flag of Ghana
at the international competition.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Amakye Dede receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th TGMA


It was a nostalgic night for Highlife fans as legendary Amakye Dede rocked the stage at the 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA).

The Highlife maestro earned a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award for his tremendous contributions to the Ghanaian music industry over the course of five decades.

During this year’s awards ceremony, certain members of the youthful music generation sang some of Amakye Dede’s timeless hit tracks, demonstrating the artiste’s magnificence.

Kwabena Kwabena began his tribute performance with Amakye Dede’s ‘Kanea Maye Kyere Me’ and sparkled on tune, with the audience loving his vocal delivery.

Akwaboah and Eno Barony followed with a masterclass performance of ‘Su fre woNyame,’ while Fameye wowed the audience with a one-of-a-kind rendition of Amakye Dede’s ‘Iron Boy.’

Epixode also created an impression on the stage with a strong performance of ‘Adukuro Mu Nsuo,’ which made the audience realise Amakye Dede’s grandeur.

Amakye Dede capped his honour with a musical performance of
‘Mmaa Pe sokoo,’ perhaps one of his most hit songs, which turned out to be faultless and one of the night’s highlights.

In an emotional statement, the iconic artist expressed gratitude to those who had supported him over the years, telling them he loved them to the fullest.

Amakye Dede’s musical journey began when he joined the Kumapim Royals, a renowned Highlife band led by AkwasiAmpofo Agyei (AAA), as a composer and a vocalist, one of Ghana’s Highlife legends.

He later established his own music group, the Apollo High Kings, recognized for delivering numerous Highlife hits throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

With a discography reflecting twenty (20) albums to his credit and a vast repertoire of songs, Amakye’s immense contribution has not only shaped the Highlife landscape but also inspired different generations of artistes and music lovers.

The ‘Iron Boy’, as he is affectionately called by Ghanaians, had over the years explored diverse genres like Soca, Calypso, Lovers Rock as well as Highlife.

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hana News Agency

25th TGMA: Stonebwoy rules again, wins Artiste of the Year award


Ghanaian musician Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, won the coveted Artiste of the Year award at the 25th anniversary of the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

With the highest honour of the 25th TGMA going to Stonebwoy, he equaled the records of Sarkodie (2010, 2012), VVIP (2004, 2011), and Okyeame Kwame (1999, 2009) as the fourth musician to win the Artiste of the Year award twice.

The ‘Manudzi’ hitmaker who won his first Artiste of the Year in 2015 beat off competition from Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Sarkodie, Nacee, and Black Sherif to secure this year’s Artist of the Year prize.

It was a big night for Stonebwoy, who also won five other awards, including Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, International Collaboration of the Year, Best Songwriter of the Year, Album/EP of the Year, and Record of the Year.

After winning the Artiste of the Year award, Stonebwoy expressed gratitude to his fans for their support over the past ye
ars, as well as thanking his wife, Mrs. Louisa Satekla.

‘I just want to say thanks to the Most High God. Thank you, Mama, wherever you are. Thank you for showering your blessing on your son. I wrote a long speech, but I am short on words,’ he said.

Stonebwoy also urged TGMA’s organisers, Charterhouse, to declare the recipient of the 2019 Artiste of the Year award, which he believes he earned despite the fight that broke out that fateful night.

King Promise was also a huge winner on the night, taking home the Most Popular Song of the Year, Best Afropop Song of the Year, and Best Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year.

King Paluta also took up the coveted New Artiste of the Year award, while Nacee was named Best Gospel Artiste of the Year.

Strongman was the most unexpected award winner of the night, defeating Sarkodie, Eno Barony, Lyrical Joe, Amerado, and Fimfim to win Best Rap Performance.

The awards night witnessed an array of top-class musical performances from Efya, King Promise, King Paluta, Kuami Eug
ene, Nacee, and Stonebwoy, as well as some Hiplife veterans including MzBel, Reggie Rockstone, and T Blaze, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

25th TGMA Red Carpet Highlights: From DJ Azonto’s strange attire to Fella Makafui’s elegance


Over the years, celebrities have shown off some incredible and very strange wardrobe choices on the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) red carpet.

This year’s event was no different.

Actress and businesswoman Fella Makafui looked absolutely stunning as she dazzled on the red carpet at this year’s TGMA.

The actress drew attention on the red carpet with her sophisticated fashion sense and glittery makeup, as she wore elegant, shimmering red outfits.

The stunning white gown and blonde hair of Ghanaian singer Efya made her a striking presence on the red carpet.

Gospel singer Empress Gifty was not left out of the red carpet, as she wore a beautifully-styled gown.

Empress Gifty made an emphatic statement with a yellow midriff gown, her accessorised clutch bag, and shiny rings.

The likes of Gyakie, Mzbel, Piesie Esther, Wendy Shay, and Maya Blu all looked splendid on the red carpet with their beautifully made attires.

Mr. Drew was one of the most well-dressed men on the red carpet, looking crisp and immaculat
e in his suit and eye-catching loafers.

He wore dark shades and a flashy chain around his neck as he happily posed for the photographers.

But the shocking moment came when Amapiano sensation DJ Azonto emerged onto the red carpet with some perplexing looks.

Despite being known for donning female clothes, the ‘Fa No Fom’ hitmaker chose nursing garb for the red carpet event, complete with a strangely worded apron.

Well, DJ Azonto certainly got the attention of almost everyone on the red carpet, with some stunned by his choice of dressing and the motive behind it.

Regardless of the thrills and spills on the red carpet, there is no doubt that Ghanaian music fans and artists are becoming fashion conscious and made the red carpet very colourful with different styles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kweku Flick, Eno Barony to?embark on European tour in June


Ghanaian musicians Kweku Flick and Eno Barony are billed to perform at a major music event in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 15, 2024.

The two artistes have had a fantastic year, dominating social media with a variety of popular songs, and they are also scheduled to appear in Belgium later in June.

 

Mr. Kofi Mulan of Entertainment Avenue Ghana, the show’s organiser, said the event would assist to develop ties between Ghana and Italy, while also promoting Ghanaian music artists both at home and in Italy.

‘These types of shows would strengthen the social ties and help foster great bonds between these countries and Ghana. Also, our music and culture will be recognised internationally and help pave the way for other Ghanaian musicians living in the diaspora,’ he explained. 

Mr. Kofi Mulan added that the show was part of a larger journey to showcase as many Ghanaian musical talents as possible to the world. 

He said the journey comprised a series of musical shows and concerts across Europe, America, Asia, and Sou
thern Africa. 

He acknowledged that the task won’t be easy, as support will be needed through mutual partnerships between his company and those abroad. But, he was still grateful for the successes of the previous shows. 

‘Following the success of the recent concert in Dsseldorf, Hamburg, Germany, and Italy, I decided to partner with an event company in Italy to pull this through. 

‘This is what I hope to be doing for the other shows to come. This is all part of a series of concerts and events my company hopes to organise with Ghanaian talents across the world. We are putting Ghanaian music on the global  playlist,’ he explained.

Source: Ghana News Agency

DJ Azonto apologizes to Shatta Wale for inappropriate remarks


Ghanaian musician DJ Azonto has rendered an apology to Shatta Wale over some unpleasant comments he made in his letter to Medikal.

DJ Azonto, in a long letter to his former boss Medikal, urged him to deal with his marital issues maturely and not listen to Shatta Wale advice.

But the ‘Fa No Fom’ hitmaker, in his recent letter to Shatta Wale, expressed remorse for his words, urging the latter to forgive him for involving him in the matter.

‘Rolls Royce Family Apology to Shatta Wale The Rolls Royce family, along with DJ Azonto, extends their sincerest apologies to Shatta Wale for a recent letter to Medikal that contained inappropriate remarks.

‘We deeply regret any hurt or offense the letter may have caused. Fact is, DJ Azonto has always admired Shatta Wale’s immense contributions to the music industry and the inspiration he provides to countless people on the street.

‘His intention was never to disrespect Shatta Wale but to express admiration and offer some personal advice to a brother/colleague.However, w
e now recognize that his approach was a little more unfortunate, misguided, and insensitive.

‘On behalf of DJ Azonto and the entire Rolls Royce family, we want to express our heartfelt apologies for any discomfort or misunderstanding that arose from the letter.

‘Shatta Wale, along with other reputable talents, are held in the highest regard by our team, and we fully appreciate the profound impact these pioneers have had on the lives of many, including DJ Azonto.

‘Moving forward, DJ Azonto is committed to communicating with greater respect and thoughtfulness. As part of this new approach, management will ensure that DJ Azonto refrains/limits from wearing ladies’ outfits in his performances and appearances, aiming for a much more respectful and appropriate presentation.

‘We also wish to extend our appreciation to Sammy Flex, Shatta Wale’s manager, who demonstrated exceptional wisdom and thoughtful words in his response, and we are grateful for his guidance and contribution to the entertainment industry.

‘F
urthermore, we want to thank a colleague brother Medikal for accepting DJ Azonto’s letter in good faith, demonstrating the spirit of brotherhood and unity between them in the industry,’ the statement said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Lilwin’s management saddened by death of three-year-old boy involved in accident.


Wezzy Empire, the management of Ghanaian actor Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin, has commiserated with the family of the three-year-old boy who died following last Saturday’s unfortunate accident.

The popular Ghanaian actor was last Saturday involved in a gruesome accident in Amakom, Kumasi, which resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy.

A statement released by Akwadaa Nyame, the Public Relations Officer of Wezzy Empire, thanked Ghanaians for their overwhelming support during these difficult times.

‘We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the management and medical staff of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Emergency Unit), who are attending to everyone who was involved in the collision.

‘However, we are deeply saddened by the tragic death of a 3-year-old boy who was involved in the gruesome accident, and we extend our sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

‘As much as we are saddened and traumatised, we find unwarranted allegations of neglect on our part as speculated by some commentators’ very
distasteful and disturbing at this troubling time.

‘We want to state categorically that we were unclear about the extent of damage from the accident because our artiste, manager and bouncer suffered life-threatening injuries,’ the statement said.

It added that they would collaborate with the Ghana Police to establish the facts of the matter in due course especially with some social media commentators putting the sole blame on Lilwin.

‘Raymoney, our artiste manager, is still undergoing treatment in the hospital, as is Kwadwo Nkansah, who has yet to fully recover from the tragedy, but our bouncer has been processed for surgical review. We continue to crave for the support of all Ghanaians to pray for the affected persons’ full recovery,’ the statement ended.

Source: Ghana News Agency